Wednesday, September 07, 2011 Summit to Address Value of Musculoskeletal Care The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) (previously named the US Bone and Joint Decade) will hold a musculoskeletal summit, "The Value in Musculoskeletal Care," October 12-13 in Washington, DC. The cost of musculoskeletal disease in the United States is approaching $1 trillion each year and is likely to increase as the population ages and life styles become more active. To meet the challenges of a changing world and establish priorities for future resource allocation, the musculoskeletal health care community must define and measure the value of the care it provides. USBJI views this issue as critical and is convening a summit to address value from the perspective of patients, providers, industry, and payers, among others. USBJI and APTA are committed to a leadership role in improving the health care system and making value an important goal of musculoskeletal care in all of its dimensions. APTA members who attend the summit will be able to provide input in assessing gaps in data and the need for guidelines and evidence-based research, outcome, and functional measures. Summit participants will develop a consensus statement and framework for an action plan. APTA is a founding member of USBJI. For more information, visit www.usbji.org/rd/?MSKSummit. Click here for registration information, including the USBJI participating members rate that is available to APTA members.